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Thursday, June 1 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
(Textiles) 3D Modeling and CNC Routering of Mannequins for Displaying Costume

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New developments in 3D modeling and computer aided manufacturing techniques including 3D printing have allowed for greater access to custom created physical objects. The open-sourced nature of the technology and the inclusion of 3D printers in community settings like libraries aligns with the values of not-for-profit institutions like museums. As part of its once in a generation capital renewal project, the Royal Alberta Museum is engaging with this new technology to create custom-fit mannequins for its new Human History galleries. Approximately 78 mannequins will be digitally modeled based upon measurements taken directly from the objects intended for display. The mannequins will be routered out of planks of Ethafoam and heat sealed together using no adhesives or other unsafe display materials. Key to the success of this project will be clear communication between RAM conservators and local design firm onetwosix who will form the shape of the body between the framework of measurements taken from the object. Final fitting and covering of the mannequins will still need to be done by conservators however it is anticipated that the custom sizing and fit of these mannequins will result in a method for mounting costume that is more economical in staff time as well as in cost and materials. The preservation of the digital files also allows for potential dividends should these same objects be displayed in the future. The first set of test measurements have been submitted to the designers and prototyping is underway. By the AIC annual meeting in May 2017, the project should be nearing completion and final fitting up underway for the majority of the mannequins.

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Brenna Cook

Conservator, Textiles, Royal Alberta Museum
Brenna Cook is a graduate of the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History master’s program in Textile Conservation (2012). She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Archaeology and Medieval Studies from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University (2010... Read More →

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Carmen Li

Head, Conservation, Royal Alberta Museum
Carmen Li is an accredited conservator with double specialization in the categories of Objects and Preventive Conservation. She received a Master of Art Conservation from Queen's University in 2006 and a Diploma in Collections Management and Conservation from Sir Sandford... Read More →

Thursday June 1, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Crystal Ballroom C Lobby Level, West Tower